The Cleveland 037 (47mm)
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The Cleveland 037 (47mm)

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The Cleveland 037 (47mm)
The Cleveland 037 (47mm)
The Cleveland 037 (47mm)
The Cleveland 037 (47mm)

Watch Description

The Cleveland 037 is the 37th one-of-a-kind piece in Vortic's "Cleveland" line of the American Artisan Series. This watch contains the original movement (timepiece), dial (face), and hands from a vintage (1880’s – 1950’s) pocket watch. The American Artisan Series is a line of fully American Made wristwatches powered by restored, U.S. made pocket watch movements.

What makes the Cleveland 037 Unique: If you were waiting for the right one... it’s this one. The Cleveland 037 features and absolutely beautiful Antique pocket watch movement and dial originally manufactured in 1927 by the Ball Watch Company. 1927 was an interesting year in America, but one fun fact is that on January 7th, the first transatlantic telephone call was made between New York City and London. Ball didn’t manufacture his own movements, so this 19jewel beauty is called a Ball-Illinois since, technically it was made by the Illinois Watch Co, but on contract from Ball. We tried our best to photograph this stunning Art Deco dial, but make sure to check out the videos to see the depth of the engraving. It’s spectacular. The original hands are of a style we also don’t see often, featuring the open blocks near the end. If you look closely, you can see that even the second hand matches that style. We preserved this unique piece of American history inside our machined titanium case and used a classic black Horween Shell Cordovan strap. We’re going to send an Oxblood strap along with it since we honestly couldn’t decide which would be best. You can make that decision!

1927

B406785

https://player.vimeo.com/video/447536536

Movement Manufacturer Information

The movement inside of this watch was made by Ball Watch Company. We call this model "The Cleveland" because the company was located within the Cleveland city limits.

Founded by Webb C. Ball in 1891, Ball Watch Company's watches focused on the railroad industry and had a reputation for quality that was second to none. Mr. Ball famously invented and implemented a standard set of watch inspections and requirements to qualify a watch for use on the railroad at a time when timekeeping was paramount to safety. This was known as a "Standard" or "Railroad Grade" watch. The core of the manufacturing for these watches was performed by Hamilton and Waltham Watch Companies, but the adjustment, finishing, and testing performed by Ball set them ahead of the pack. One of the few companies still in existence, Ball now makes watches in Switzerland and is owned by Hong Kong group Asia Commercial Holdings Ltd.

Watch Specifications

  • Manufacturer: Vortic Watch Company
  • Model Year: 2020
  • Warranty: Full 1-Year Warranty
  • Case Dimensions:
    • Diameter: 47mm
    • Thickness: 12mm
    • Lug to Lug: 55mm
    • Lug Width: 22mm
  • Case Material: Machined Titanium
  • Crown/Hardware: Nickel Plated
  • Water Resistance: 1 ATM
  • Crystals: Sapphire
  • Case Back: Stainless Steel
  • Strap: Horween Shell Cordovan Leather

Movement

  • Manufacturer: Ball Watch Company
  • Serial Number: 
  • Manufacture Year: 
  • Function: Manual Wind
  • Jewels: 19 Jewels
  • Hands: Original
  • Size: 12s
  • Power Reserve: ~36 Hours

The Cleveland 037 is the 37th one-of-a-kind piece in Vortic's "Cleveland" line of the American Artisan Series. This watch contains the original movement (timepiece), dial (face), and hands from a vintage (1880’s – 1950’s) pocket watch. The American Artisan Series is a line of fully American Made wristwatches powered by restored, U.S. made pocket watch movements.

What makes the Cleveland 037 Unique: If you were waiting for the right one... it’s this one. The Cleveland 037 features and absolutely beautiful Antique pocket watch movement and dial originally manufactured in 1927 by the Ball Watch Company. 1927 was an interesting year in America, but one fun fact is that on January 7th, the first transatlantic telephone call was made between New York City and London. Ball didn’t manufacture his own movements, so this 19jewel beauty is called a Ball-Illinois since, technically it was made by the Illinois Watch Co, but on contract from Ball. We tried our best to photograph this stunning Art Deco dial, but make sure to check out the videos to see the depth of the engraving. It’s spectacular. The original hands are of a style we also don’t see often, featuring the open blocks near the end. If you look closely, you can see that even the second hand matches that style. We preserved this unique piece of American history inside our machined titanium case and used a classic black Horween Shell Cordovan strap. We’re going to send an Oxblood strap along with it since we honestly couldn’t decide which would be best. You can make that decision!

1927

B406785

https://player.vimeo.com/video/447536536

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